Friday, December 10, 2010

The Gift of Thrift: A Sweet Dish


With a budget of $24, I hit the thrift stores for a variety of dishes that I could use to package baked goods and offer as The Gift of Thrift. As you can see, I've flagged my discoveries with Post-Its so I'll remember which piece goes to which recipient. (As you can see, I came in WAY under budget!)

I baked up cinnamon stars, peanut clusters, peanut butter pinwheels and gumdrop bars -- all recipes from vintage cookbooks -- and placed them in this pretty mosaic dish found at Goodwill for about $2.

After covering my goodies in wax paper, I wrapped them in a clean, paper grocery bag and tied the whole thing up in a gingham ribbon I found at an estate sale in Kansas City!

The Gift of Thrift!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

15 comments:

  1. I would love to be the recipient of one of your cookie gifts! I love the fact that everyone gets a different container, that they are environmentally friendly, that the content was lovingly baked by you and that even the wrapping is reused. A very individual gift with a very light carbon footprint. Win win!

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  2. This is a beautiful idea! You would never know those plates came from the thrift, the entire package looks so pretty.
    ~Michelle

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  3. I've given away cookies on thrifted dishes before, but never thought of wrapping them like this. Thanks for the great idea!

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  5. Please share the recipes. Those cinnamon stars look like they would be perfect for breakfast:) and a cup of coffee.

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  6. love this! I'm doing similar baked gifts this year putting biscuits into thrifted Christmas tins.. your gifts look delicious!

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  7. I'm reading this closely and taking notes. I intend to give home-made gifts in thrift baskets this year. I already have the baskets, and now I'm deciding on the gifts. Jams, cookies, a "gift in a jar" mix... all "wrapped" not in fancy plastics, but shredded paper for cushioning.

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  8. Very beautiful idea! We've used teacups with saucers and filled them with candies, wrapped in cellophane and gifted. Vintage dishes are always a special, sentimental and unique way to gift food and treats!

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  9. Really great idea and I love the way your wrapped them too!

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  10. Thank you for all of the kind comments! I wish I could send each and every one of you a little sample! Stan

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  11. This is such a great idea! I will have to remember it for hostess gifts and birthdays all the rest of the year too!

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  12. very nice
    old timers like me have been doing such for years
    ha now it's fashionable who knew
    your cookies look divine

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  13. These are so great and your idea is amazing. I'm actually looking for more ideas like these to do this year, and Xmas is almost here! I should go flipping through my old cook books and see what I could find. I do have a "Cold Oven Poundcake" recipe that fell out of an old 1930's book, that would be great to do up like this.
    PS: Ingenius with the brown bag idea!

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  14. Love your idea of using pre-loved china instead of the usual seasonal tin can. Who wouldn't want to receive this bit of love from a friend at Chrsitmas!

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